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Heartbreak and the War in the Democratic Republic of Congo February 5, 2009

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lynsey-addario-woman-back_large photo credit Lynsey Addario: Congo/Women Portraits of War

In a current  exhibit: Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo, the legacy of war and violence against women is portrayed through a visual, spacial and audio approach.  The exhibit featuring photography by Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv and James Nachtwey exposes the experience of women in the DRC through larger than life and emotionally charged photos.  Each deeply affecting image informs viewers about the difficult, heartbreaking and most vulnerable moments in the lives of these women and the legacy of Africa’s worst war.  Included in the exhibit is poetry created from interviews with the women and read by Chicago actor, Cheryl Lynn Bruce.  The exhibit opens on Thursday January 5th, 2009 at Columbia College Chicago.  The exhibit tour moves to Washington, D.C. and the James Cohan Gallery in New York in March, 2009.  The exhibit is also scheduled to open in the United Nations Lobby in the Fall of 2009.  Congo/Women Portraits of War is curated by Leslie Thomas, curator of the Darfur/ Darfur Project.

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Women for Women International November 21, 2008

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Women for Women International helps women in war torn countries to change their lives by providing financial and emotional support. This humanitarian organization founded in 1993 advances women from being victims to attaining stability as survivors and active citizens in their communities. Since its founding in 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 120,000 women and distributed approximately $33 million in direct aid and microcredit loans. Women for Women International now serves women in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sudan and builds one-to-one connections with more than 23,000 sponsors in all 50 states of the U.S. and 55 other countries. Encourage change. You can join this organization by sponsoring a woman or by contributing today. Here is more information .